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Duchess Meghan opened up about her and Prince Harry’s “bitter” departure as senior members of the British royal family and the criticism that followed.
Meghan, 41, and Harry, 37, announced in January 2020 that they would be “stepping back” from their roles. A few months later, the couple moved to Santa Barbara, California where they raised their children Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.
They later revealed in a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey that British tabloid culture and the way royal protocol dictated their every move were worsening their mental health and causing them to make the decision to leave it all behind. Meghan continues to be blamed for their departure, dubbed by the tabloids as “Megxit,” with additional accusations that she bullied staff.
“It’s bitter, you know? Knowing nothing has to be like this,” the Duchess of Sussex told The Cut of her fall in an interview published Monday.
Meghan noted that being a senior member of the royal family is becoming increasingly difficult as she finds herself seeing it as an acting gig. “I was an actress,” she said. “My whole job is ‘Tell me where to stand. Tell me what I have to say. Tell me how to say it. Tell me what to wear, and I’ll do it.’”
Duchess Meghan takes her narrative back to social media
Meghan has been very open about her life on social media and even runs the lifestyle blog The Tig. However as senior royals, she and Harry are only allowed on social media via the @KensingtonRoyal account shared with Prince William and Duchess Kate and the @SussexRoyal account, both managed by the PR team.
“It was a big adjustment – a big adjustment to move from that kind of autonomy to a different life,” Meghan told The Cut.
As senior royals, some of their family photos are shared exclusively through the British media pool and often they have no control over the images they want to share on Instagram.
Referring to the press, Meghan said, “Why do I give people who call my kids an N-word photo of my child before I can share it with people who love my child?”
Meghan revealed she is “returning to Instagram” but gave no details on when or what she will be doing.
Meghan added that she hopes to share more honest moments in her life, especially with the launch of the “Archetypes” podcast. The first episode, with guest Serena Williams, aired live on Spotify. Episodes of “Archetypes” are expected to be released every week on Tuesdays.
In an honest vein, she’s flirting, but won’t confirm the rumored docs about the love story between herself and Harry for Netflix.
“The part of my life that I haven’t been able to share, that people haven’t been able to see, is our love story,” he said. “I hope that’s the sentiment people feel when they see content or projects we’re working on. …When the media have shaped stories around you, it’s great to be able to tell your own story.”
Duchess Meghan on Prince Harry’s strained relationship with Prince Charles
Meghan’s battle with the press began long before she successfully sued the Mail for violating her privacy when publishing part of a letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas.
The Duchess explained that she and Harry concluded that if they stepped down from being taxpayer-funded royalty, “perhaps all the noise would stop.”
He also stressed to The Cut that the couple was willing to move to any commonwealth country. “Just by existing, we disrupt the dynamics of the hierarchy. So we go, ‘Okay, okay, let’s get out of here. Happy,’” Meghan recalled.
“That, for whatever reason, is not something we are allowed to do, although some other family members are doing the same,” he continued, citing other royals who have worked independently.
Harry’s relationship with his father, Prince Charles, also deteriorated when they left the kingdom.
“Harry said to me, ‘I lost my father in the process.’ It doesn’t have to be the same for them as it is for me, but it’s her decision,” Meghan said.
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